The original handle is superbly formed in the naturalistic manner as leafy scrolls with fruit. It has a good heavy weight and oozes high quality.
The top section is superbly engraved to one side with a coat of arms surmounted by an eagle's crest and the motto " Viget In Cinere Virtus " which translates to "virtue flourishes after death". This is the armorial and motto of the Davidson clan. The other side bears the engraved inscription: " Presented to David Davidson Esquire by the local board of the Montreal branch and the inspector of the Bank of British North America on the occasion of his retirement from that institution as a small token of their regard ".The Bank of British North America was founded in 1836 and had branches throughout Canada, plus in New York and San Francisco. It merged with the Bank of Montreal in 1918. The inscription is worthy of further research!
This entree dish fits together nicely and is in fine condition throughout with crisp engraving and bold decoration. Please view our specialist site at antiquesilverspoons for a further large selection of fine quality Victorian, Georgian and earlier silver. 28.5cm x 22.3cm (11.2" x 8.8"); approx. 11.5cm (4.5) high to top of handle; 1580 grams (50.8 troy ounces) weight. Full set of English hallmarks (guaranteeing Sterling 925 standard silver) for London 1855 by.
There are a few minor dings, but nothing major. The surface typically has some knife scratching from use, but this is far better than most. Overall and considering the age it is in very fine condition. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any further questions. If you would like to learn more about antique silver then please visit our two specialist sites.Our second site at UKsilverexchange explains the impact of the recent high metal prices on antique silver and explains how to best take advantage of the situation. Quality Silver - Sensible Prices. The item "OUTSTANDING Victorian SILVER ENTREE DISH London 1855 Coat of Arms 1580g CANADA" is in sale since Monday, January 7, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Solid Silver\Dishes/Coasters". The seller is "sunbeau" and is located in Royal Forest of Dean. This item can be shipped worldwide.